AS Level / A Level Science – Biology

Course Overview

The AS Level / A Level Biology is a Full-time Further Education course designed for students who are interested in becoming a Biologist, Scientist or learn more about science. This is located in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA).

Many of the topics are very relevant to everyday life. While learning the main principles and concepts of biology, you will also be developing many important and transferable skills. Students will cover Basic Biochemistry and Cell Organisation, Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems, Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment as well as Variation, Inheritance and genetics.

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  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English. Grade B in higher tier Core Science and Additional Science or Triple Science. A Grade B in Mathematics is recommended

  • Career Prospects

    The course provides a good foundation for university and the study of Biology and related subjects including Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Environmental Conservation, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry.

  • Course Details

    AS Unit 1: Basic Biochemistry and Cell Organisation. Main topics include: Biological compounds, Cell structure and organisation, Cell membranes and transport, Biological reactions are regulated by enzymes, Nucleic acids and their function, Genetic information is copied and passed on to daughter cells.
    AS Unit 2: Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems. Main topics include: All organisms are linked through their evolutionary history, Adaptations for gas exchange, Adaptions for transport, Adaptations for nutrition.
    A2 Unit 3: Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment. Main topics include: Importance of ATP, Photosynthesis uses light energy to synthesise organic molecules, Respiration releases chemical energy in biological processes, Microbiology, Population size and ecosystems, Human impact on the environment, Homeostasis and the kidney, The nervous system.
    A2 Unit 4: Variation, Inheritance and Options. Main topics include: Sexual reproduction in humans, Sexual reproduction in plants, Inheritance, Variation and evolution, Applications of reproduction and genetics.
    A2 Unit 5: Practical Examination.

  • Assessment

    AS Unit 1: This unit is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination comprising a range of short and longer structured questions, some in a practical context and one essay.
    AS Unit 2: This unit is assessed in the same way as Unit 1.
    A2 Unit 3: This unit is assessed by a 2 hour written examination comprising a range of short and longer structured questions, some in a practical context and one essay.
    A2 Unit 4: This unit is assessed in the same way as Unit 3.
    A2 Unit 5: Practical Examination - This unit comprises two tasks: i. Experimental task: 2 hours ii. Practical analysis task: 1 hour written paper

  • Additional Costs

    There will be additional course-related costs.

Study Mode

Full-Time

Location

Neath College - 01639 648000

Course Length

2 years